I've been reading some recently about people who are really dissatisfied with the number of tracks people are using nowadays. They say that the art of good mic placement and tracking is lost. Too much close miking and too many mics. In particular, I'm thinking about drums. I could use 4 mics (2 overheads, kick, snare) or I could use 8, (2 overheads, kick, snare, toms x 3, hi-hat or room mic). What do you think about overusage of microphones nowadays? I think for now, I should really just learn how to rock the studio with the 9 mics I have. Here's what I've got, by the way: * (1) Studio Projects C-1 * (2) Shure SM81 * (2) Shure SM57 * (2) Shure SM58 * (2) Shure Beta57A * (1) Shure Beta52A I think that what's limiting my recording quality right now isn't my equipment (protools le 6.1, digi002r, mackie 1604vlz, above mics), but ME... I need to learn more about proper mic placement and such. Buying more stuff won't help much right now, plus I can't afford it. What do you all think? Any comments appreciated. Thanks!